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  1. Viking just cancelled thru the end of 2020 ocean and river. Would think Seabourn will issue additional cancellations for their sailings thru 2020 for those not cancelled already at some point.... Was optimistic at one point for a March sailing or maybe a May sailing in 2021..... Fall 2021 perhaps?😟
  2. I know the lines need to try to restart - but just seems crazy that lines are posting about the upcoming sail dates while lines that just started sailing are already reporting cases on board with crew and passengers and cancelling upcoming sailings. I think this is going to do more harm then good to the industry trying to restart to soon - will be all over the media again about sailings with sick passengers and crews floating around.
  3. This is not good news....thoughts and prayers to the crew and all the passengers With this news and Crystal cancelling now thru end of 2020....thinking Seabourn will not be far behind with cancellations.
  4. Rols Completely agree with you. Here in the NYC area - mask wearing is mandated and strictly followed - gladly by me for both my protection AND the protection of others. But I also agree that having to wear one on vacation - in the case of cruising - outside your suite, around the ship, off the ship, etc. is not something I would want to do. Bob
  5. Was really hoping to sail again in March '21...but I don't know..... Thinking it may be early Summer or Fall '21 at the rate things are going here in the US ..... Will need to live vicariously off photo's like these and off the postings of those early posters once and where sailings resume
  6. Thank you everyone for the great photo's...... So with the latest announcement from Princess extending their pause till mid-December..... would assume Seabourn may follow suit ? (I know their extension was Oct/Nov already)
  7. Fletcher Do tell....ship and port of that BEAUTIFUL photo?! Bob
  8. So I am being completely optimistic and looking at an end of May 2021 sailing from Athens to Venice. If this sailing actually happens - or I should say if US citizens by then could sail in Europe....with the cruise ship ban of large ships in Venice - would this sailing actually end in Venice? Believe their was a discussion on the RC boards about their sailings end in a port about 2-2.5 hrs away.
  9. Thank you cruisr and rka for your insight. Deep down I share your concerns and opinions as well - its just my hope for a vaccine clouds my better judgement - just want to return to some sense of the "old" normal at home and in the workplace....this "new normal" while working in the tri-state of the US - has not been as strictly followed by other parts of the US who are now paying the price...and I know its inevitable that we are headed for another round in the fall. I think I have hit that proverbial wall with all this.
  10. RKA - curious on your comment about the timing on the vaccine if one by chance is out in the fall - do you feel it would be rushed and approved to quickly without proper testing and could have side effects that may only come to light after the fact ? I for one keep saying I’ll be first in line ..... but my wife keeps saying not so fast !
  11. I should caveat my earlier posting about enhanced cleaning and sanitizing was in no way critical to Seabourn - we thought our sailing on the Odyssey in January was perfection - we found the ship to spotless and we had no issues with cleanliness at all - it was meant to combat the germs and or virus' that may be brought on board by other passengers. One thing I would love to see (but I know would never happen) would be a day between sailings....where a ship would be disembarked by noon - thoroughly cleaned over a 24 hr period and then new passengers on boarded the following day. For those sailing on a B to B it would be an overnight in the port (not a bad thing) and would add another day to their B to B - would just have to figure out the pricing of that "extra day" for them. Always feel that those turn-around days must be dreaded by the crew for the amount of work they need to do in such a short amount of time.
  12. Tapi As one of those who are placing all hope on a vaccine - I agree with you that I should really view it as a level of safety. As my wife said last night over our take-out - dine in on Friday night routine - think of it as a flu shot - you can still get the flu even with a shot - its just a hopeful preventative. I do hope that with a vaccine that the protocols on a ship would return to something similar to the "way it was"... the thought of wearing a mask on vacation and the current protocols that lines are enacting now in Europe are not what I want to do on vacation. Increased cleaning, sanitizing, no self serve buffets I am all for and think those should have been in force already well before this pandemic - (sorry was never a big fan of the "buffet" with EVERYONE touching everything!). For me it will be a wait and see scenario - Curious how the lines that are restarting in Europe will fare over the next few weeks - hoping that their protocols as strict as they are prove effective and that none of the lines/sailings experience a case / incident on board. We have all seen that it takes just one person...... Sorry all for the early morning vent.....just want the world to get thru this - and I know we will - its just the daily toll of those sickened and the number of those passing each day is really getting to me.
  13. Once there is a vaccine and my family and I are inoculated - first thing I am doing is booking a sailing! Hoping to sail next spring! Bob
  14. Great perspective Jeni - totally agree on all your comments (as well as all your informative posts - esp liked your perspective and posts about the new president of seabourn ) Being a recent seabourn passenger - would definitely be more comfortable on a seabourn ship in the future vs a mass market line (don’t think we can ever go back after seabourn actually!) or perhaps a river cruise. Once a vaccine is out and widely available I can see the industry ramping back up quickly - I know that’s when we will be sailing again.
  15. Thank you all for comments on my vaccine question - after I posted I mentioned my question to my wife and she responded with a similar statement about countries that require vaccinations prior to travel....so maybe this will be the case in the future for cruising one a vaccine is available. Sign me up ! Would give me some piece of mind at least on the ship with fellow passengers and crew.
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